The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

2. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

3. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

4. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

2. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

3. How does Plato refer to himself in the Socratic dialogues?

4. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

5. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

6. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

9. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates refuted the idea that he was wise and claimed that the only way in which he might be exceptionally wise is in acknowledging the extent of his own ignorance and uncovering that of others. Do you agree that this is a very specific type of wisdom? Do you agree that this is the only type of wisdom that Socrates possessed? Why or why not? Do you think he was sincere in his assessment of his own ignorance? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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